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Vaduz braced for Besiktas

Published: Friday 29 July 2005, 22.54CET
Liechtenstein minnows FC Vaduz have been drawn against Besiktas JK in the UEFA Cup second qualifying round.
 
 
Published: Friday 29 July 2005, 22.54CET

Vaduz braced for Besiktas

Liechtenstein minnows FC Vaduz have been drawn against Besiktas JK in the UEFA Cup second qualifying round.

Liechtenstein minnows FC Vaduz are preparing for UEFA Cup fever to hit the tiny Alpine nation after being paired with mighty Besiktas JK in the second qualifying round.

Big name
The Turkish side, boasting the likes of Brazilian summer signing Ailton, were one of the biggest names in the draw and should take plenty of fans to the Liechtenstein capital. Elsewhere, there is a Polish-Swiss double header in store with Wisla Plock taking on Grasshopper-Club and Legia Warszawa entertaining FC Zürich.

FC Vaduz v Besiktas JK

It was a big draw for us and we are looking forward to travelling to Istanbul. We do not have as big a stadium as we would like, and we are close to Switzerland and Germany, so we will have a lot of Turkish supporters coming in. I am sure we will have a packed house. The name of our opponent should be motivation enough for the players to have two good performances, especially in Liechtenstein. Vaduz director Axel Bernhardt

We are very happy to travel to Liechtenstein. It's geographically very good for us, as we will have many fans coming from neighbouring Germany and Switzerland. On the sporting side, it will be important for us too, as this is our chance to progress. This season we have to achieve better results than last season, when we did not get past the UEFA Cup group stage. This season we will aim for more, and this is possible in the UEFA Cup if you get into a good rhythm. Erdil Arpaci, Besiktas sporting director

Wisla Plock v Grasshopper-Club

It will be a very interesting game. We will play the first match away and we are looking forward to the home leg as it's always a pleasure to have foreign teams coming and playing in Zurich. Our team is ready and we are looking forward to the European campaign, hoping to survive as long as possible. Grasshopper official Dante Carecci

Legia Warszawa v FC Zürich

As an unseeded team, there are no easy opponents. But for us, the UEFA Cup is a big challenge and we look forward to it. Zürich coach Lucien Favre

SV Pasching v FC Zenit St. Petersburg

It's a funny coincidence. Last year we also played Pasching in the UEFA Cup, but I am not sure whether their team has changed since. Last year, after we played [and lost 3-1] in Austria, there was a lot of talk about how we underestimated our opponent. But before the second leg the situation was the opposite when Pasching coach [Georg Zellhofer] claimed they'd beat us on own turf. But we went through on away goals, which will make this match even more interesting. Zenit striker Alexander Kerzhakov

PFC Litex Lovech v HNK Rijeka

The draw is very hard for us. Rijeka were the strongest team in the other pot. We must win our home game. If we score one, two or three goals without conceding, it would be great. Litex coach Ljupko Petrovic

Our wish ahead of the draw was to avoid Besiktas and we did that. But Litex is not an easy draw, Bulgarian teams are dangerous although we are determined to get to the next round. We need some time for scouting, as we don't know much about Litex, but I hope we will have a positive result in the first leg in Bulgaria. Rijeka coach Elvis Scoria

APOEL FC v Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC

Maccabi are obviously a very good side and we said before that we did not underestimate any team in this competition. We will now focus on this game and get us much information as possible on the Israeli side and hope for the best in the game against them. Our aim remains the same and that is to advance to the third round. APOEL coach Marios Konstantinou

1. FSV Mainz 05 v Keflavík

My first thought was 'great!' because we get to travel to a country that we don't see very often and that has produced a string of excellent athletes in various sports. The only thing we know about our opponents is that they have been very successful recently. But we will definitely start gathering more information on them quickly. It definitely isn't an easy tie. Mainz coach Jürgen Klopp

FHK Liepajas Metalurgs v KRC Genk

Genk, to put it mildly, are not one of the weakest teams we could have drawn. They are a famous side, though not as famous as [RSC] Anderlecht or [Club] Brugge [KV]. To my mind, the Belgian league is very strong with no weak teams. It is a pity the Belgian league has not started yet, as it will be difficult to get information on them. But it is very exciting to test ourselves against such a club. Metalurgs coach Benjaminas Zelkevicius

NK Publikim v PFC Levski Sofia

A draw is a draw. I don't know much about Publikum. I have just discovered they won the Slovenian Cup last season. I cannot say who the favourite is. Levski coach Stanimir Stoilov

Myllykosken Pallo-47 v Dundee United FC

Any opponent would have been a big challenge for us, so playing Dundee doesn't feel too bad. We may also have an advantage playing a team who are just starting their domestic season. MyPa coach Ilkka Mäkelä

 
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